Wisdom doesn’t always come in a neat package everyone can unwrap and enjoy.
Sometimes, it does come in a box that is liked by everyone.
Sometimes, it comes in a parcel that some think a bad one.
One day when I will have kids, I will tell them about the books called Harry Potter. I sure hope that my kids will like to read (they won’t really have a choice, but that’s another story) because I would love to read the series with them and discuss the events afterwards.
One of the reasons why I need my own kids for this is because no one will tell me what my kids can or cannot read. Unfortunately, as much as I wish, I cannot discuss Potter wisdom with the kids at Church – mostly because Potter books contain that mysterious scary word: *whispers* MAGIC.
I tried doing this but my kids were gently shot down by others when they excitedly tried to share with the other adults anything about Potter.
But the post isn’t about my desires… it’s about a quote by Sirius Black, Harry Potter’s godfather.
The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters*. We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.
I read this quote and I see Gospel in it.
A few years ago, I took a Doctrine of Holiness class for my Spiritual Formation degree and I still remember one of the phrases my teacher, John Haines, said:
When we become followers of Christ and are saved by Him, we are not freed from sin. We are given power not to sin.
The choice still remains ours.
Do we choose light or do we choose darkness?
Those who are saved have the option not to choose darkness. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean we never choose it. However, God provides the strength to get up, dust ourselves off, and walk on, learning from our own mistakes.